Questions regarding figure skating-Nowadays, figure skating has become popular as football and hockey in our country. There are a lot of issues arising about this game, and some answers to these questions are entirely unexpected.
Here, we are with you and going to find more about this game, and we are ready to uncover some of the fantastic secrets of this sport.
Why is it called figure skating?
Besides the short programs and free skating, the skaters used to compete with compulsory figures on the ice before the year 1990. These skaters were also called ‘school figures.’ The jury at that time was supposed to give them a score which depends on how well they could go for specific figures on the ice. The exclusive figures include circles, curves, turns, change of edge, and change of foot.
The score that skaters received were the vast part of their final scores but the importance of this part of the program lessened by overtime. This part of such program got canceled after some time. It is the reason why we call the figure skating as what it is. We can see here how the figure skaters compete at the compulsory program.
What elements are banned?
All the elements get regulated so that the skaters do not perform any dangerous moves, though there are exceptions too of the steps.
The Olympic games got held in Nagano in the year 1998, Surya Bonaly, Frech figure skater, did a backflip which got prohibited by the rules of the sport. The move looked quite fresh and scary. She has made this move as a protest. It is because she fell and realized in the beginning that she could not win. So that she would like to make her show more spectacular and she was successful in doing so.
Besides from her move, she was unable to make these moves:
- Jump onto the partner
- Do a series of four or more jumps.
- Lie on the ice or touch your knees on the ice at any point in the move
- Rotate yourself when a partner is rotating in the air
- Additional elements
Why there is a need for the figure skates to wear tights over their skates? This is one of the common questions regarding figure skating
They are not the tights but are like the leggings which get made of elastic spandex. Mostly women wear these on the top of their skates. They wear it because of may reasons:
- They wear it to protect the skates from all kinds of damages. It is because the figure skaters try to use a single pair of skates throughout their season. It will not be pleasurable if they wear a new pair. These covers protect the essential tools of figure skaters.
- The other reason why figure skaters wear these covers is to prevent the laces from untying. The chances of untying the laces get reduced if they wear tights over their skates.
- The third reason why figure skaters wear these tight covers is to make their legs look long enough that they are. Skates make the legs of figure skaters look smaller, So they wear a cap so that their legs look more extended and smooth.
How do figure skaters not get dizzy with all rotations and jumps?
The fact is not that they do not get dizzy. The reality is that the skaters feel dizzy but not in the manner like the regular persons are. The vestibular system of ice skaters gets used to different body positions during the years of their practice. They are habitual of doing multiple jumps, rotations, and other elements within their one program. A Russian figure skating coach, Alexei Mishin developed a particular machine for the training of the vestibular system. The device was a rotating circle which helps the skaters to keep balance and prepares them to jump on the ice.
There are various competitors for women, men, and couples. Are these competitors any other kinds?
Yes, these competitors are of any other kinds. There are five categories in figure skating programs; these are men’s singles, ladies’ singles, ice dancing, pair skating, and synchronized skating.